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Braddock House: 1910

Braddock House: 1910

Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1910. "Braddock House." The Hotel Braddock -- Rooms 25 and 50 cents. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Below is the same view from November of 2015.

Now is the way it was

The real story of the Braddock House is the Carlyle Mansion hidden behind it. The mansion was built in 1751. The back fronted a river, now N. Lee Street, and the large front yard extended to what is now North Fairfax Street.

In 1848 the mansion became a combined property with the former Bank of Alexandria, on the corner, and both became the Green Hotel. In 1855, a four-story addition was built along North Fairfax Street, blocking any view of the mansion from the street. This addition made the Green Hotel, renamed Braddock house in the 1880s, the largest hotel in Alexandria.

In 1969, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority voted to acquire and restore the property as a public national historic site. The Braddock House was torn down, leaving the original Bank of Alexandria building on the corner, and returning the large front lawn to the Carlyle Mansion.

Ad for the Brad

Here is an ad from the book A Concise History of the City of Alexandria Virginia in 1883. Looks like the rates were higher in better days:

Half a house?

Part of it is still there.

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